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six cubits and a span :—and he was armed with a Coat of Mail; and the weight of the coat was five thousand shekels of brass.—And the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day: give me a man, that we may fight together.—And David spake to the men that stood by him, saying, What shall be done to the man that killeth this Philistine, and taketh away the reproach from Israel? for who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?—And Saul armed David with his armour, and he put an Helmet of brass upon his head ; also he armed him with a Coat of Mail. And David girded his sword upon his armour, and he assayed to go ; for he had not proved it. And David said unto Saul, I cannot go with these ; for I have not proved them. And David put them off him. And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd's bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand : and he drew near to the Philistine.-Then said David to the Philistine, “Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield; but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.—And all this assembly shall know, that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear; for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.”— And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sank in his forehead, and he fell upon his face to the earth. So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone.a

a 1 Sam. xvii. 4, 5, etc.

BELIEVERS FIGHTING.

Soldiers of Christ arise,

And put your armour on;
Strong in the strength which God supplies,

Through his eternal Son :
Strong in the Lord of hosts,

And in his mighty power ;
Who in the strength of Jesus trusts,

Is more than conqueror.
Stand, then, in his great might,

With all his strength endued ;
But take, to arm you for the fight,

The panoply of God :
That having all things done,
And all

your

conflicts past,
Ye may o'ercome, through Christ alone,

And stand entire at last.
Stand then against your foes,
In close and firm

array ; Legions of wily fiends oppose,

Throughout the evil day;
But meet the sons of night,

But mock their vain design,
Armed in the arms of heavenly light

Of righteousness Divine.
Leave no unguarded place,

No weakness of the soul ;
Take every virtue, every grace,

And fortify the whole :

Indissolubly joined,

To battle all proceed;
But arm yourselves with all the mind

That was in Christ, your Head.

To keep your armour bright,

Attend with constant care ;
Still walking in your Captain's sight,

And watching unto prayer :
Ready for all alarms,

Set stedfastly your face ;
And always exercise your arms,

And use your every grace.
Pray, without ceasing, pray,

Your Captain gives the word ;
His summons cheerfully obey,

And call upon the Lord :
To God your every want

In instant prayer display;
Pray always, pray, and never faint ;
Pray, without ceasing, pray.

WESLEY.

The Lord hath opened his armoury, And hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: For this is the work of the Lord God of hosts. In the land of the Chaldeans.b

When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace : but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him

b Jer. 1. 25.

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all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me, is against me : and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. The night is far spent, the day is at hand : let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.—Put ye on also the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh : (for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty, through God, to the pulling down of strong holds ;) casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.e But in all things approving ourselves .... by the word of truth, by the power

of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily: and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.h Labouring fervently for you in prayers, that

ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of

c Luke xi. 21-23.
f 2 Cor. vi. 4, 7.

d Rom. xiii. 12, 14.
8 Eph. vi. 10–13.

e 2 Cor. x. 3–5.
h Col. ii. 9, 10.

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God. That thou by them mightest war a good warfare ; holding faith and a good conscience. But thou, O man of God, fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth, entangleth himself with the affairs of this life ; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier. And if a man also strive for masteries, yet he is not crowned, except he strive lawfully.m For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith ; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give me at that day; and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing."

Boctrinal Instruction.

TAE Christian must be in complete armour, in regard of the several pieces and weapons that make up the whole armour of God. Indeed, there is a concatenation of graces; they hang together like links in a chain, stones in an arch, members in the body. Prick one vein, and the blood of the whole body may run out at that sluice ; neglect one duty, and no other will do us good. It is not enough to have grace, but this grace. must be

i Col. iv. 12.
k 1 Tim. i. 18.

11 Tim. vi. 11, 12. m 2 Tim, ii. 3-5.

a 2 Tim. iv. 6-8.

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